Current electric utility industry techniques for monitoring an aging system have significant limitations in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
Weather stations and infrared cameras help to drive greater efficiency and effectiveness in wildfire suppression, but do not provide insight about the state of system infrastructure or prevent ignitions.
Grid hardening and electrical undergrounding are cost prohibitive and time consuming.
Drones require a significant human footprint and can only provide snapshots of a specific point in time; systemic real-time insights are not possible.
Widespread system outages, whether resulting from storms or intentionally induced to limit the risk of wildfire, are costly, time consuming and create significant risks for customers without yielding any permanent long-term prevention benefits.
Recon brings a real-time actionable solution that places a premium on speed, data fidelity, connectivity, redundancy and resiliency.
Key market distinctions include:
Recon has an exclusive long-term partnership with Globalstar, a leading satellite provider, for backhaul.
This means Recon is not dependent upon cellular networks – which are limited to non-existent in many emergency situations – for connectivity.
Recon gathers data line-by-line and pole-to-pole with a Linebacker approximately every 175 feet for distribution and 900 feet for transmission.
This allows for real-time identification of asset issues and anomalies, which is critical to pinpointing and addressing failures before problems arise.
Recon understands utility operators are working with a lot of data and it’s not helpful unless it can be analyzed in context. Recon has a robust set of APIs that provide your data how you want it.
Recon pinpoints high-impact events based on movement and a suite of validating factors linked to asset health in real-time.
Competing technologies are inferring events based on electric signature data, which means algorithms are used to estimate values vs. capturing and measuring actual values. This is important because there is a risk the assumptions/calculations used to generate insights are wrong and thus the associated result is incorrect.
Recon has built a resilient and redundant platform to ensure the critical insights streaming from it are not disrupted for any reason.
Competing line monitoring solutions tend to be powered by the lines themselves. When the power goes out, the information flowing from the electric signature is lost, and system insights vanish.
Recon is powered by solar and battery. If a Recon solar panel is damaged, the system can continue to work for two weeks on battery power alone, and no information is lost.
The close proximity of Recon Linebackers means if one is compromised the data from adjacent tags in the same pole-to-pole segment can communicate the message along to system operators without delay.
Competing solutions are relaying their information from sensor to sensor to compensate for lack of connectivity in areas with no cellular coverage. Recon’s tags can communicate directly to the receiver, eliminating the risk of slowdown or disruption that could result from communicating through each other. If for some reason the receiver does not respond, the system will send information along to the next receiver.
The Recon Platform provides an unmatched view of the health of electric assets, line-by-line and pole-to-pole.
We are committed to making our product available at a fraction of the cost of competing monitoring technologies.